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Aug 17, 2013 1:30pm PDT
solar energy because we are in the forefront of certainly the rest of the states, probably -- in fact, certainly in the western hemisphere, california is in the lead. and that's important. but being in the lead doesn't mean we've arrived at the goal. got a long way to go and i hope the work you do here, the conversations, the relationships that are formed can help advance the cause of solar energy and renewable energy or generally. back when i was governor the first time, that was a long time ago -- some of you folks weren't even born then -- not too many. i see a few gray hairs here who are hanging around. that was a long time ago, 38 years ago, as a matter of fact. very few people get to be governor 38 years after they first started. [laughter] >> with a 28-year hiatus. (applause) so, i guess i have to expiate my many political sins and i spent time in the wilderness. but i am back and i can reflect on how politics work, how it worked then, what's happened in the meantime, challenges we now face. i promoted solar energy back in 1975 when i signed a law that granted a 55% tax credit
Aug 19, 2013 10:00pm PDT
francisco that achieved this mark. >> leadership and energy environmental design, it takes a look at the way we think about the places where we live and work. i like to think of it as designed for human and environmental health. lead addresses five categories that enhances environment. indoor air quality, energy, water, materials and resources, and sustainable sites are the five categories for the lead. you can go for several gold or platinum certifications. >> the city wanted to be silver lead status. . maybe gold was a stretch. and people said, if we're going to be a sustainable organization that the pucs this has got to be the top of the line. it's got to be a lead platinum building. what does that mean to us? we run water, power, and sewer. so, those are some of the biggest things involved in lead platinum. ♪ ♪ >> by late 2008 the project, as we got the contractor on board and we were able to start pricing it, we're a multi-, multi-, multi-million dollar over budget. >> the story a lot of people don't know after we got select today do this project, the first price we came
Aug 22, 2013 4:30pm PDT
to an adoption of a not to exceed rate, today the commission chooses shell energy north america for a segment of san francisco customers, the commission today also can convince the city to purchasing a product that consists almost entirely of renewable energy credits, these decisions are subject to ceqa because they will result in a reasonable foreseeable effects on the environment. as we explain in our letters, today action may increase the city's reliance on ghg emitting and toxic air pollutant emitting by switching to shell, the city wishes to [inaudible] resource portfolio, shell's portfolio that has a higher of known fossil fuel projection than pg&e, shell's non-fuel resource mix [inaudible] credits. today's action may also result in changed rates of air pollutant emissions from existing fossil fuel facilities, by switching to shell, the city changes the source of generation for sf customers from facilities that serve pg&e's load to facilities that serve shell's load, that different facility may be operating on the margin to facilitate the city's demand, this changes the rate of air poll
Aug 17, 2013 8:30pm PDT
. this is the goal. more renewable energy for the city and county of san francisco, more renewable energy for the state of california, but we need to be sure that that work is here and it's in front of us, and we will continue to work with our colleagues, brothers and sisters both in the building trades and here in the city and county of san francisco through a variety of community based organizations to get people back to work. finally, we've had -- i've been fortunate to participate in some discussions around the labor council resolution. that is a resolution that represents all of labor, ibw1245 wholly supports that resolution, we were the author, we support the intent, we and the council want to work out an understanding and approach that makes good for everyone. we've had some good conversation, we'll continue to have those conversations but the contract and the structure of the program as it is today is not satisfactory. thank you very much. >> thank you, mr. stern. rob black, ggra. >> good afternoon, commissioner, it's a pleasure to be here n a previous life, i am the executive dir
Aug 15, 2013 4:30pm PDT
..[reading].. and 170 megawatts of local energy efficiency conservation measures as well as investment of 150 megawatts of a wind turbine farm, the supplier must bid generation rate that is will current pg&e generation rates for each rate class, that's not what we have before us today. what was proposed, what was initially voted on, what the board initially supported is a very different program, so while i think staff has made strong strides to get to that, that's not where this initially started and we do feel that there has been a bit of a bait and switch on that, we are concerned about moving forward with a plan that doesn't respond to the earlier requirements of local generation. in addition, i think it's important to note enrdc does a report on the top energy providers in the country and they categorize that by pollution and by megawatt hour, pg&e is the cleanest for c02 of any investor of utility in the country, it seems strange it's doing all this effort to move away from that. thank you. >> commissioner vaoet -- vietor, you had a comment? >> i wonder if you could just respond to that earlier g
Aug 19, 2013 8:00pm PDT
% renewable energy goals that -- by the city and county and that we're charged with giving life to. but really what it was about was the local generation. so, if you can tell us where it's at because i know it's gone up and down. what is the status of in-city renewable generation and what is the status of jobs? >> okay. >> that would be real helpful i think to move us forward because we're going to go all over when really we want to know where is it the stuff that really excited us sitting here today. and thinking back, i guess one of the big reveals you're looking at doing a change to the program, you're investigating to do work in which shell buys the hydro power. i'm guessing that's going to impact the potential or potential not of rate setting next week. or is that something you're going to have answered to the satisfaction of the commissioners at the sfpuc? >> i don't expect that we will have any kind of confirmation from shell about specific resources by then. what i can say is that our goal is to have a portfolio with shell where every resource from which they purchase power is greenhou
Aug 19, 2013 8:30pm PDT
you think about this in your -- >> i think about this a lot. hopefully it won't impact clean energy san francisco for a little while. some of the procurement the utilities do now are from geo thermal plants that have been around for a long time and it does count when those contracts come up. in order for the utilities to continue to have a balanced portfolio, they're going to need to continue to buy some of those geo thermal resources. we don't want to create a system where a plant that's 10 years old that falls out of contract can't get a new contract. so, you do need to as we buy more and more renewables, have someplace for the old resources to sell. given california's ambitious goals, i'm not afraid that we're going to stop building new resources any time soon. we're at 33% goal now. there is talk on a statewide level of 40 or 50% goal. i don't think that's a concern with a rec only transaction. i think with the city and county of san francisco needs to look at is what are the local impacts of a rec only transaction. ~ what >> the next question about unbundled recs, rec stuff isn
Aug 18, 2013 9:00am PDT
hetchy regional water system. with also generate clean renewable energy for city services like public buses, hospitals, schools, and much more. and finally, we collect and treat all the city's wastewater and stormwater making it safe enough to discharge into the san francisco bay and pacific ocean. >> in 2006 the puc was planning a record number of projects. >> the public utilities commission is a very infrastructure-rich organization. we're out there rebuilding the water system. we've budget working on power generation in the country. we've been doing sewer for the city. we're looking at a brand-new rebuild of all watt systems in san francisco and we haven't had a home that's been other than mental. >> they staff over 900 people. the puc is in two office locations. >> you know, this is such a great place for a building. if the puc owned that building and we could make that the icon i can sustainable building puc represents, wouldn't be a dramatic idea? >> so, one of the major decisions we made was we wanted to make a statement with this building. we wanted this building to be a lead
Aug 18, 2013 10:00am PDT
on mandate and non-mandate programs. they will have staff providing specifics energy, commuter benefits and the green business program. and this is agenda as a discussion item only. >> good evening, everyone, thanks for having us tonight. as christian mentioned we are here to speak on the commuter benefits program, the energy watch program, and the green business program. and my name is sueellen at tkinson and impart of the clean team and i manage the clean business ordinance. >> there we go. >> five years ago san francisco adopted the ordinance for the suitable transportation for the people commuting to and from the city. >> it requires employers with 20 or more employees nationwide to offer commuter benefit to all full and part time employees in san francisco. those commuter benefits could be as a pretax deduction and employer paid subsidy or a provided transportation program. >> the ordinance passed with strong support from the business community, and in a vote by the board of supervisors. over the past five years, we have engaged in very extensive out reach and education initiative
Aug 21, 2013 2:30pm PDT
manipulation. that was a lesson from the energy crisis in 2001. local air pollution, again, it matters where the power is coming from. if it's a wind farm in texas and it can't be delivered into california. you still need to have generation in california so it doesn't clean california there. it reduces carbon, but it doesn't eliminate nox or particulate matter. that's how the buckets were set up. however, the reason some bundled recs are allowed and some out of state resources are allowed -- i shouldn't say it's not actually technically out of state. they can't deliver into california. they are allowed. there is some advantage to having some diversity in the utilities procurement plans. so that a few resources in california can't drive up the price. so, there's some advantages to keeping the overall price of the portfolio lower if you can have some mix in those resources. >> commissioner king, is that from the previous question? >> i guess. >> any other questions from commissioners? >> [speaker not understood]. >> commissioner josefowitz. >> so, the reason that the bucket 3com ~ bucket 3 co
Aug 15, 2013 3:30pm PDT
can understand about the energy use, how they compare the different -- >> yes, in this case, we compared the bay area regional desalination projts to the santa cruz project t marine project in san diego county on an energy and cost basis, and basically what this shows is that the energy uses for the regional desalination project is lower than the others and that's gr*ifrn by the fact that we would be if we proceeded with this project, we would be desail baiting brackish water, you're getting more water per unit and having to separate out less salt so the energy usage is lower because of that, it increases because it has to go to the east bay mud system to be pumped up to get into our system, it shows the desalination cost itself is much less for that project than other projects which use ocean water for desalination. >> is that a lot of energy or does it require a large amount of energy? >> when we looked at this, this is comparable to our proposed recycled water projects in san francisco. it's far less energy uses thaj hechechi water but it's come probable to the recycled water
Aug 16, 2013 1:30am PDT
employees in the bay area. and i would like to introduce gabby conas coordinator for our energy program, thank you. >> good evening. like my colleague said i am here to talk about the energy efficiency program. and implemented by the department of the environment. this program has not only helped the small business owners, save money by providing energy savings that directly support their bottom line but also lower the environmental impact. the first was power savers. >> and it helped over 4,000 small business owners, receive energy efficient lining retrofits and 2,000 projects were installed through the peak energy program. and currently the san francisco energy watch program has installed over 4300 and energy efficiency projects and local business and this number continues to grow. altogether the programs have installed over 10,000 energy efficient project and commercial establishments and saved an average of over $2800 in annual energy costs and paid more than 29 million in incentives and just in the carbon emissions which is the equivalent to powering over 38,000 san francisco homes
Aug 19, 2013 12:30pm PDT
cheaper supply of energy. getting the gas from the terminal to the people is no easy feat. but lithuania's energy ministry says fundsing from the european union has made it possible. >> you just can't say enough about the support of the european union in developing the infrastructure. without a gas distribution network energy independence in lithuania would be impossible. >> up until now a company has been responsible for lithuania's gas distribution system. its biggest shareholder is the world's largest gas producer. the russian energy giant was able to maintain a monopoly on the country's gas supply until this august when a lithuanian company took over control. that's thanks to the e.u.'s third energy package. the legislation forbids gas companies from operating both distribution and transport networks, preventing energy giants from dominating the european market. but that's rankled many in moscow. at a brussels summit in early 2011 the russian president, vladimir putin, sent the first warning shot across the bow. >> this so-called third energy package is very damaging to our energy co
Aug 17, 2013 9:00pm PDT
support to us and then we have a team of vendors who are providing energy efficiency and renewable installation services in addition to that, so if you add up the jobs created and the services purchased in our community, there is an impakts, a positive impact to our local economy. >> great, thank you so much and keep up the great work. >> thank you so much. >> jay carmona. >> welcome. >> good afternoon, commissioners, i'm sue von, you called me earlier, i'm with the sierra club >> >> what happened to jay? >> in line. i am with the sierra club, and we -- as john rizzo testified earlier and as michelle testified earlier, we do support these not to exceed rate and is we urge you to adopt them. and get this program off the ground. this is historic in nature, i'm a student of history, used to teach history, this is the kind of thing that should go down in history and first one of the major american city adopting this and getting this program off the ground and your names will be attached to this so you should do this with pride. your children will be grateful, your grandchildren will be
Aug 15, 2013 5:00pm PDT
the monopoly, if cleanpowersf were not a greener energy portfolio than the one we already have, we would not have strong environmental records such as supervisor john avalos, supervisor mar, assembly member tom ammiano, i appreciate this is a historic opportunity for our city to move forward and set an example for the rest of the country. we cannot afford to wait any longer. i look forward to being a cleanpowersf customer in the spring. thank you. >> carl bernadeto. >> thank you, commissioners, i am a resident for 11 years in san francisco and speaking as a resident, i'm in support of clean energy and cleanpowersf, for the record, i agree with everything that michelle meters said from sierra club, i don't want to repeat all that, i worked for a utility for ten years and when it was a monopoly, it became basically had to get competition and i just want to say that this is an amazing program that provides competition and i think pg&e will move forward in a more aggressive way to attaining renewable goals and this is just fantastic, it's a platform to move forward in a very -- as a foundati
Aug 21, 2013 4:00pm PDT
, you know, you know, if we don't have customers choosing this energy, if we don't have, you know, in-city build, you know, that affects our ability to get to that goal as well. >> thank you, commissioner king. if i may take a crack. >> okay, lawyer. >> we've got a couple of us. we may have more of us commissioners. lots of good policy folks. >> [speaker not understood]. >> oh, okay. >> i'm giving you my wife's number so she knows i was really here. [laughter] >> to me it's two components. the one is probably pretty easy to kind of reach consensus around. the second, give it a shot. the first consensus is that whereas the san francisco public utilities commission is scheduled to consider adoption of rates for the clean power sf program on august 13th, 2013. and clean power sf is a program that san francisco commission on the environment supported in a september 2012 resolution. so, if we're to piece together a statement, i would like to -- we don't have a deputy ca. i think i'd probably have to ask to entertain a motion to adopt that program as a start of a resolution and then look at
Aug 19, 2013 9:00pm PDT
of that is the same regardless of what the mix s. it's all rps energy renewable power that we supplied for the program. that hasn't changed. ~ the difference may be on the economic side in terms of jobs. also on air quality. so, if we were talking about, say, replacing fossil fuel generation with in-city renewables, that would obviously be a great thing. in this case we of course are not doing that, but we would be adding additional renewable power in a city that is the need for fossil fuels elsewhere in the state or the region so that would actually be us instead of exporting our dirtiness, for once helping other communities green up. but on the whole, the environmental impacts of it have not changed drastically. i think it's more on the economics and on the job's potential impact. >> thank you, danielle, with the important work that you do for our renewable energy team. i think, though, for the whole gamut of what we do, renewable energy community outreach, environmental justice, all the different kind of components, sum it all together. are we better off today or not? and that's a question for our
Aug 21, 2013 3:00pm PDT
clearly to even california energy. so, you know, hey, we'll get there eventually. >> any other thoughts before public comment? [speaker not understood]. >> i have some questions i'd like to ask because i think one of the things i'd like to understand is have you done any studies of how much local power could be generated in san francisco? because my feeling is that an enormous amount could be generated. and, so, how -- i was wondering if you could speak about how we go from zero to, you know, maxing out our potential. i haven't seen those studies. >> actually zero of course. >> there's no zero yet. you're quite right. [speaker not understood]. >> local power did some of that survey. brighton beach has just given us a draft of another report that was focused on solar projects not behind the meter, but solar projects where we could actually purchase or manage energy. we have data to identify different resources in the city for small projects and there's more we can do. we have a staff of people who do this all day long in one format or another. they look at energy efficiency projects, mun
Aug 22, 2013 4:00pm PDT
build-out, the nature of the renewable energy credits that have increased nr the mix and what that impacts on the underlying goals of the program, both over at our shop and just generally speaking, questions around local hiring, the number of jobs and there was a lot of reveals, the big concerning thing i think that's safe to say for all of us, when it comes to local build-out, we're stuck at least from the staff the idea that there's a draft of an outline of a plan and that was something that was concerning i would say. it's not to say that we obviously all know where we want to go, it's that the concern i think from the environment commission is we're not there, we want to see concrete plans, we didn't get that. the other reveal i think was that the -- ms. malcolm talked about that we can actually maybe, something that was a big reveal, something issuing the solar bonds and doing a local build-out like now, yesterday, our director from environment told us we're going backward on the program, we want to be going forward. it's safe to say if i was to distill where we're at, bi
Aug 22, 2013 5:00pm PDT
given her an example of an energy retrofit agreement for a half million dollar project for the housing development, it is a very effective agreement, it is extending that to 43 additional properties and quite a bit more money and we're now in discussions for the same amount of work, so we look forward to working with you one way or another. >> thank you very much. >> cameron? welcome. >> thank you very much for letting me speak today. i just want to say i'm a student, four years and resident of four years here in san francisco and of environmental studies, due to the state of the changing climate, we need to start our transition to 100% renewable energy, cleanpowersf will help us do that, it's renewable energy, cleanpowersf will give residents to encourage local renewable energy infrastructure and global green jobs, the rates are low and competitive and should be passed today. thank you. >> thank you very much. >> hi, i'm david zepgar, i want to thank the commission and staff for all the work that eve done to date, i'm concerned about cleanpowersf, i would feel better knowing that all
Aug 18, 2013 8:45pm EDT
years than the next day it is done. then that kind of energy was -- with just such intensity to and so suddenly is a huge adjustment and of course, we were so disappointed with the loss but i kept feeling for months afterwards, this is my sentiment, coach, put we enter the game is over but that is how i felt. i am ready. i am sitting on the bench. put me in and it takes a long time to dial that energy back down but now has and i am back to normal life in my routine is much slower life is wonderful and i have been busy with the book and with another part of my life to spend time with the grandchildren we are writing, thinking, thinking about the country and with faces the nation and politics is some way to answer the problems but i really believe with the family that so many problems can be solved as good strong families and values to take care of each other not just government answers and solves problems the family can as well. >> host: you said you are writing? so we can expect? >> guest: we have been thinking nothing specific get but we have been doing a lot of pride thinking about c
Aug 16, 2013 7:30pm PDT
's energy policy. >> energy and climate are going to be the challenge for our generation. >>> coming up next. >>> good evening. welcome to this week in northern california. joining me for insights and analysis of news from the week are craig miller. michael montgomery. and carla marinucci. two prominence speakers came to san francisco this week tackling tough issues and between rating national headlines. attorney general eric holder and hillary clinton. they both addressed the annual meeting of the american bar association. clinton criticized what she sees as an erosion of the voting rights taking sharp aim at north carolina's now voter i.d. law. >> that progress, that historical progress towards a more perfect union will go backwards instead of forwards. >> so, carla, we'll talk in a moment about eric holder. let's discuss hillary clinton. this is just the first speech in a series she will have in the coming months. what else is she expected to talk about. what is the san francisco as the kick-off for the 2016 presidential run. >> when you look at the buzz she got, you look at the attention
Aug 22, 2013 3:35am EDT
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Aug 22, 2013 4:00am EDT
solar energy have a bright future in the uk? cnbc's helia ebrahimi is live at a solar farm to shed some light on the matter. tune in at 10:40 cet. >>> the theme to the center of germany where the price of renewable energy is a hot election topic. [ male announcer ] it's time. time to have new experiences with a familiar keyboard. to update our status without opening an app. to have all our messages in one place. to browse... and share... faster than ever. ♪ it's time to do everything better than before. the new blackberry q10. it's time. >>> a german chancellor angela merkel told broadcasters that fresh aid require s for greece won't be decided upon until mid-2014. her comments which will be aired later this week come a day after finance minister wolfgang schaeuble openly stated that greece would need a third bailout program. this comes as ecb executive board member erik rasmussen said the topic of aid was not discussed on day one of his current visit to athens. he said his agenda was focused on how to make the current program a success. >>> securing a cheap reliable source of energy
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Aug 20, 2013 12:00am EDT
go home tonight and get their energy for free, we teach our customers how to use less energy during the day to get the energy free at night. so we work with our customers. melissa: i know you want your customers to be happy and we are a business channel's whistle but companies going out and making a profit, that is how you stay in business and employee the workers, that doesn't fault you for that, but you have to making more money on this or you would not be continuing to do this. if you are losing money, it is irresponsible for you to do this. you're still a for-profit company. are you making more or less money do you think at the end of the day as a basis for this? >> we're getting more customers to switch. texas is a highly competitive market. hundreds of different plan choices in the marketplace and for us we want to build relationships with customers that last decades. it is about getting a customer to switch. a slightly higher price he paid during the day but all the electricity is free at night so training customers to use less during the day and take advantage of the free of
Aug 19, 2013 7:30pm PDT
power s.f. as part of a bigger energy strategy in 2004, and that energy strategy was intended to pursue the city's commitment to reducing greenhouse gases, to develop local -- okay. i think mine is not loaded here. so, i'll just try to be clear for the audience. to develop local renewable energy resources, increase conservation and energy efficiency projects, and support the local economy with jobs from a build out of local energy resources. and then there was a lot of work done between 2004 and september 2012 when the board of supervisors approved the, i should say authorized the general managers' signature on a contract with shell energy of north america. that contract would identify shell or cnet as the city's procurement agent for about 30 megawatts of power on california's energy market. at the same time, the board of supervisors -- sorry -- approved of several program elements and pretty much gave us the go ahead to implement the program. where we're at today is we do have a program design and i've been working on it for the last four months since i joined the commission. and what
Aug 15, 2013 4:00pm PDT
that power purchase by cleanpowersf be from unionized california facilities, secondly, that renewable energy generation projects be subject to projects labor agreements so that component of the local build, and also that energy efficiency projects, another component of our local build be subject to project labor agreements as well. i can report that with respect to the first item, the puc cannot limit procurement to unionized california facilities and in our discussion, members of the labor council agreed with that assessment. with regard to the issue of pla's for energy projects both generation and energy efficiency, you know, the labor representatives were helpful in sharing some examples of project labor agreements that they have with other jurisdictions, both private and public, but nothing has been resolved in these conversations. city rules require certain requirements to be met before a city agency could enter into a pla, it's certainly a considerable amount of work on our part if we were to engage in that effort and quite honestly, we're not sure that all conditions could be met, and
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Aug 20, 2013 5:00pm EDT
of the world. nations like china and india are spending more on renewable energy than we are here in the u.s. they recognize that the future is in renewables, and if we want to maintain our competitiveness, we need to move forward with our own renewable energy future. >> and we get back to adapting versus preventing, which is more important at this point? >> fundamentally, it's three ways of adapting. one is protecting with engineering so the ocean's barriers, levies pumps and the likes, the next thing is to accommodate the water into some parts of the city and preparing the lower floors to be resili t resilient. and the last and politically most difficult for individuals and political process to accept is managed retreat. now, new york city and a few other cities like boston have the luxury of topography where they can retreat to higher ground. >> you are talking about moving people, major settlements and cities inland? >> absolutely, and miami does not have that option, because there is no natural high -- [ technical difficulties ] >> and that's where the other alternatives, namely the
Aug 19, 2013 10:00pm PDT
/or supporting renewable energy just to make sure that is in there somewhere. >> yes. well, i mean, once again, that's the part of the issue about the lack of dependency on the recs because local, you know. so that our goal -- that our goal as a city in terms of renewable energy and our renewable energy policies. so, i take that as a friendly amendment. >> as a friendly amendment. >> although you're not a commissioner. >> i don't know where to put t. i have a friendly amendment that we don't say "all roads lead to." >> all road lead to -- >> that the puc makes a commitment to a program, so we're asking the puc to do three things. one, adopt a rate structure that has rates competitive with pg&e. two, to make clear that the city does not want to be -- does not want to be depend not on recs in the future. >> bingo. >> and that the program will meet our greenhouse gas -- the city's greenhouse goals and that they will design a program that ensures local living wage jobs, or have a commitment to ensuring the program, local living wage jobs that are unionized. >> and local hire. that right there is a
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